Intermediate Exchange in the IKEv2 Protocol
draft-smyslov-ipsecme-ikev2-aux-02

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Network Working Group                                         V. Smyslov
Internet-Draft                                                ELVIS-PLUS
Intended status: Standards Track                        December 3, 2018
Expires: June 6, 2019

              Intermediate Exchange in the IKEv2 Protocol
                   draft-smyslov-ipsecme-ikev2-aux-02

Abstract

   This documents defines a new exchange, called Intermediate Exchange,
   for the Internet Key Exchange protocol Version 2 (IKEv2).  This
   exchange can be used for transferring large amount of data in the
   process of IKEv2 Security Association (SA) establishment.
   Introducing Intermediate Exchange allows re-using existing IKE
   Fragmentation mechanism, that helps to avoid IP fragmentation of
   large IKE messages, but cannot be used in the initial IKEv2 exchange.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
   2.  Terminology and Notation  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   3.  Intermediate Exchange Details . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
     3.1.  Support for Intermediate Exchange Negotiation . . . . . .   3
     3.2.  Using Intermediate Exchange . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
     3.3.  The INTERMEDIATE Exchange Protection and Authentication .   5
       3.3.1.  Protection of the INTERMEDIATE Messages . . . . . . .   5
       3.3.2.  Authentication of the INTERMEDIATE Exchanges  . . . .   5
     3.4.  Error Handling in the INTERMEDIATE Exchange . . . . . . .   8
   4.  Interaction with other IKEv2 Extensions . . . . . . . . . . .   8
   5.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
   6.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
   7.  Acknowledgements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
   8.  References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
     8.1.  Normative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
     8.2.  Informative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
   Author's Address  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10

1.  Introduction

   The Internet Key Exchange protocol version 2 (IKEv2) defined in
   [RFC7296] uses UDP as a transport for its messages.  If size of the
   messages is large enough, IP fragmentation takes place, that may
   interfere badly with some network devices.  The problem is described
   in more detail in [RFC7383], which also defines an extension to the
   IKEv2 called IKE Fragmentation.  This extension allows IKE messages
   to be fragmented at IKE level, eliminating possible issues caused by
   IP fragmentation.  However, the IKE Fragmentation cannot be used in
   the initial IKEv2 exchange, IKE_SA_INIT.  This limitation in most
   cases is not a problem, since the IKE_SA_INIT messages used to be
   small enough not to cause IP fragmentation.

   Recent progress in Quantum Computing has brought a concern that
   classical Diffie-Hellman key exchange methods will become insecure in
   a relatively near future and should be replaced with Quantum Computer
   (QC) resistant ones.  Currently most of QC-resistant key exchange
   methods have large public keys.  If these keys are exchanged in the
   IKE_SA_INIT, then most probably IP fragmentation will take place,
   therefore all the problems caused by it will become inevitable.
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